Sounders-Timbers renew Major League Soccer's best rivalry at pivotal time

May 26, 2017 11:05 AM PDT

With roughly a third of the MLS season in the books, Paul Mariner presents the top 10 MLS goals of the season thus far. The Portland Timbers arrived in Seattle last Aug. 21 with the opportunity to put their longtime foe to the sword. The Brian Schmetzer era had started reasonably well for the Sounders, with two wins from three matches under the then-interim head coach. Still, both the team's standing and confidence was tenuous. They were still far outside the playoff qualifying places. A home loss to their most bitter rivals could have been the straw that finally broke Seattle's streak of consecutive postseason berths. Instead,...

Philly enters uncharted territory; San Jose, LA to heat up California Clasico

May 26, 2017 08:32 AM PDT

Toronto FC stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games to leapfrog FC Dallas atop our MLS power rankings. Major League Soccer is in full swing. Jason Davis highlights the matches you can't miss as the season rolls into Week 13. Philadelphia looks to move into uncharted territory in Salt Lake The Union are the league's hottest team and will put their franchise-record four-game winning streak on the line when they travel to take on a Real Salt Lake side still trying to get a grasp on consistency. For Philadelphia, the game represents a chance to jump above the red line in the Eastern Conference. For a...

NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira hits back at 'personal attack' from Jason Kreis

May 26, 2017 08:00 AM PDT

The FC crew debates whether Patrick Vieira disrespected Jason Kreis with his comments after NYCFC's win over Orlando. New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has hit back at criticism from Jason Kreis, calling the postgame comments from his Orlando City counterpart a "personal attack." Kreis was upset following NYCFC's 3-0 win in Orlando on Sunday that Vieira had insisted in the leadup to the game that his club were superior despite two previous defeats to Orlando earlier in the season. Kreis, whom NYCFC fired after the 2015 season to make way for Vieira, had asked that MLS coaches "do a better job in respecting...

U.S. star Christian Pulisic: American soccer has 'so much potential'

May 26, 2017 02:26 AM PDT

The guys discuss the Liga MX final and salary difference in MLS, and Derek Rae discusses Americans' success in Germany. Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson delve into why American players find homes in the Bundesliga more so than other leagues in Europe. Herculez Gomez doesn't buy the idea that Christian Pulisic is the future of world football. United States international Christian Pulisic believes the future is bright for American soccer. Borussia Dortmund winger Pulisic, 18, told The Guardian he is encouraged by the sport's progress in his nation, who reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup but face a fight to qualify for 2018, and is predicting that Bruce Arena's side will be a force in years to come. "It's been big flaw of ours in the soccer department that a lot of our best athletes go and play other sports," he said. "But I...

Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas to push win streak to four games

May 25, 2017 07:49 PM PDT

Chicago Fire FC Dallas 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Nemanja Nikolic and David Accam lifted Chicago to their fourth-straight win while dealing Dallas their second loss. BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Nemanja Nikolic and David Accam scored in the opening 10 minutes as the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas 2-1 on Thursday night to push its win streak to four games. Chicago's current streak matches the second-longest run in club history and keeps the club in second place in the Eastern Conference. FC Dallas has lost two straight after a fast start. Nikolic opened the scoring in the third minute. Bastian Schweinsteiger was left alone on the left side and he sent in a cross that Nikolic...

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